On Wednesday (April 25), the Arizona Senior Academy will feature a talk designed to help Arizonans understand the history of our neighboring Mexican state of Sonora.

Topics to be covered include the multiple indigenous groups of Sonora, the Spanish colonial experience during the Viceroyalty, the Jesuit order and their expulsion, the history of mining/ranching, the Porfiriato, and the Mexican Revolution’s connections to Sonora. The lecture will run  from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the ASA Great Room.

The speaker, Alex La Pierre, is the program director for the non-profit Border Community Alliance, based in Tubac. The Allianvce sponsors this and other forums as well as numerous cross-border tours. Its mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the Borderlands as a cross-cultural, bi-national resource.

It seeks to bridge the border (not wall it off) and foster community through education, collaboration, and cultural exchange. The BCA was featured in the centerfold of Feb. 5 The New York Times Sunday edition Travel section. For more information about other forums and tours, go to bordercommunityalliance.org

Alex La Pierre

La Pierre has a lifelong interest in Spanish colonial and Mexican history of the American Southwest. This fascination started as a fourth-grade California student constructing a mission model and report as a part of the state history curriculum, and  further developed from participating in the excavation of the Spanish colonial fort, the San Diego Presidio.

Professionally, La Pierre has worked for the National Park Service in the fields of preservation and interpretation for the past four years at national park units in New Mexico and Arizona, including the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Learn About Sonora, Our Neighbor Across the Border: April 2018
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